Despite impressive numbers, Lake Worth QB Evan Moore isn't getting a lot of college attention
Tuesday, January 17, 2012
by Matt Porter
Judging by his career totals, Lake Worth quarterback Evan Moore should be choosing among at least a few big-school hats to wear on signing day.
Starting as a freshman, Moore put up 7,825 career passing and rushing yards and 97 touchdowns, the highest totals of any quarterback in his class. He's a Super 11 selection and a two-time first-team All-Area selection.
And he's still searching for a college.
While Moore picked up a bucketful of recruiting mail entering his junior year - including letters from South Carolina, Wake Forest and Miami - just one school has offered a scholarship: North Carolina Central, a Football Championship Subdivision (Div. I-AA) school in Durham, N.C. He also expects to get one from another FCS school, Southeast Missouri State . Moore's grades and size (6 feet, 180 pounds) leave him lost in the shuffle.
Moore was named the National team MVP of Saturday's Palm Beach County-Treasure Coast All-Star Game after throwing for 172 yards and a touchdown on 13-of-28 passing. He also had 37 yards on 13 carries.
"It's been slow," he said of his recruitment. "Hopefully it picks up."
He scored a 1360 on the SAT, but 18 on the ACT and has a 2.6 GPA, both average numbers. He admits he could have studied harder.
"You've got to have the academic portion," Lake Worth coach Errick Lowe said. "They can go find a 6-foot-4 kid with half your ability, but still get just as much out of him, and they don't have to worry about him. That's their perception."
Moore's size is a non-starter for many programs.
"If Evan was 6-3, he'd have a few offers," said Jupiter Christian coach Bill Powers, who coached against Moore in Saturday's all-star game. "These out-of-state guys, they come back and say, 'I've got a quarterback who's thrown for 4,000 yards - whatever the number is - and he's 6-foot, 190 pounds.' The head coach will say, 'You're kidding me. You went all the way to Florida and that's the best you can get me?' They can find a 6-foot quarterback in their backyards."
They might not find one with Moore's ability to throw passes on the run and change directions in the backfield.
Moore looks at Drew Brees, another 6-foot quarterback, who became a Super Bowl champion and the NFL's single-season passing leader. Moore isn't a state MVP coming out of high school, as was Brees, but he feels he can contribute to a Division I program. And if not, he'll try to shine at a smaller school.
"I'll go to whoever wants me," he said.